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Skin Color Swatches by DeviantNep Skin Color Swatches by DeviantNep
I can't believe it has been 5 years since I made this swatch.
This time I decided to update it and call it Epic Edition because I saved up all other swatches I make when I paint skin and added them here, with the highlights I also accumulated.

~Cormrael, my soulmate (calling him just a husband seems stupid) always says that he is amazed by how others can create art using something I made. So because he always tells me that I've decided that it was time to make this even better.

Making swatches for me is so much fun that I even did one for the preview picture =D
and sharing them is fun because you get to see what others create with it.

In 2008 I got a Daily Deviation for it, made my day, I was so happy! Featured it in my BLOG and in my Art Class Blog. This also made me want to improve it even more.

So I hope you guys enjoy the new edition of the swatch.

The model for the preview (made with my swatch) is Faradriel, my World of Warcraft character. I have been drawing her, so I have decided to use her as a model for the swatch preview because she was the last swatch I made that got included in the Epic Edition. You can see the work in progress of Quel Delar, the artwork that has her face, here. You can also see the game screenshots of her here. Her face is actually my own face since I didn't know how to start drawing her I just took a mirror, balanced it on the side of the monitor and used my face for it =P.

You can still see the Hair Color + Swatches


What you need to know:

- each vertical row is a full color bar for skin tone, or a full set of skin tones
- each horizontal row is a skin highlight set of tones (meant to brighten and darken light touching skin in different compositions)
- the light colors first and the shadow ones at the end of each row (from light to dark composition)
- you can mix the color rows and have a more complete skin shade

- the swatch file has the color bars separated by yellow, and when they finish and the highlights start, it is green

- the zip file has the a folder for the OLD Skin Color Swatches
If you use Gimp, ~neonyow made a Gimp version for the OLD version of my swatch, click here to go se it.

- the new swatches are made in Photoshop CS5, so I don't think it will work on older versions, but that is why you have the -swatch template- to color pick as you paint

- for those who do not have Photoshop, or have a older version of it, use the Swatch Template. Open your program of choice (Corel, etc) and open the Swatch Template image, and color pick the template as you paint...

- GIMP version of the Epic Edition by ~neonyow HERE

- CREDIT ME PLEASE (thank you), and please show me what you create with my swatches (I love when people show me what they made using my swatch!!!)

PS: if any of you make this swatch for an older version of Photoshop (by color picking it) or another program, like Gimp, Paint Shop Pro, Corel, etc...
Please send an email to -nep4ever@gmail.com- (my email) and send me the file and name of the program it is for (with version) so I can add it to this zip and credit you in it, as well add an update on my artist comments.


UPDATE September 13/2010
- Added the Photoshop CS3 swatch file to the zip adapted by ~SlavicWolf


Now for the fun! *Bampire made a stamp for you guys to use (if you want). I thank you Bampire!
The link for the stamp - click here



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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-12-09
The suggester wrote; Skin Color + Swatches by *DeviantNep are an amazing resource that can help many artists by aiding them to learn how to work with various color shades with the guidance of Swatches. I like to think of these as the digital artist's the best friend. ( Suggested by BeehiveStudio and Featured by znow-white )

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eXnomorfo Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
Thank you!!!
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KCXMedia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student Interface Designer
This is a really strong collection of skin hues, and I for one am appreciative of your contribution to my workflow :)
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Howlthrug Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Wonderful, I appreciate the swatch selection.
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tywins83 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
You Should Make these for Procreate for Ipad ;-)
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LoveCreepys Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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AkenoKurokawa Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
i don't know how to use this swatches, i read the descreption but i still understand this... help me?
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ashwatz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I am really glad I found this but I need some guidance on how to make the different skin tones blend in. What effect do I use?
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Tom-Cii Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow I'm checkin this out !
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:icondannway:
DannWay Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
helps me A LOT. thank you ! dannway.deviantart.com/art/The…
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:iconahrentis:
Ahrentis Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
thank you so much.
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misioneraA Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
me pareció fabuloso!!!!!
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7OutOf13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really useful! Thanks for this great swatch!
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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MXarts Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
This is amazing !! I cant thank you enough!!!
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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BrokenBrookieCookie Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I am always at a loss at what colours to choose for skin, now I don't have to worry anymore! :D
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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BrokenBrookieCookie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :D
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MARSVISION Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thank you,This is super thoughtful.Love it! 
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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:iconmarhutchy:
MarHutchy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks alot! :)
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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mcaraballo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Big Thanks
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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Orangereapor Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
exactly what i been looking for ...thank you :D
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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parisdavies Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Just when I was struggling..I found you ! Thank you for being so kind and thank you for sharing.
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DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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Letter19 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Thank you for this.  :)
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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ohromanoff Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Thanks!!!  :D
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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mindscapebd Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What an amazing pack! Thank you!!! :)
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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little-one-girl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lot of thanks wonderful work from you and for taking your time for sharing this!
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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little-one-girl Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
always welcome ♥ ♥ ♥
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TMihiT Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
omg ! tnx a lot ! Masato Inohara (Dance 5) [V10] 
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DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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mifthbeat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hello!!! Thank you a lot for making this pelette!! Can I add this palette to Krita application? As a default pelette? It will be released as GPL3 License.

Here is the example how it looks like i.imgur.com/PYGcuVy.png

Thanks.
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
sorry for the ridiculous late reply....
Can you explain better what you wanna do with my swatches?
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emmiexjane Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you downloaded, saved and favorited. will try and post work once i'm completed and tag you.
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DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem! thanks!
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Atlprnc3ss Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   Writer
Life saver!!! Thank you so very much!!!
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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bodyslam1975 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for posting this. figuring out skin tones with my primitive color wheel in paint shop pro is a pain in the butt but this made it so much easier!
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:icondeviantnep:
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem! glad I helped!
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DeaDsFaith Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank's alot!I really need this thing!
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DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem!
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